A rite-of-passage if you grew up in East Yorkshire was a cycle ride up to Tickton to spend hot summer afternoons jumping off the footbridge above the River Hull. The river is narrow, straight and deep here and primarily used by pleasure cruisers, so the trick was always to bomb into the water without breaking your leg on the deck of a cabin cruiser. It’s a tradition upheld to this day, the only thing that’s changed is the pub next door has now gone upmarket.
Last time I set foot in the Crown & Anchor it was not in fine fettle. About 18 months ago, though, serial pub renovator Mark Cross turned the Crown & Anchor into a very comfy, very tidy, well-run pub and restaurant.
The walls have gone Farrow & Ball, the furniture is distressed and bric-à-brac has been glued all over the shop. It works. And the food and drink offering is equally impressive. Along with local real ales, intriguing bottled beers and a decent wine list there are several menus featuring pub classics done well with plenty of local ingredients.
A good entry point is the Yorkshire tapas, with options such as haggis and black pudding skewers or quails scotch egg with horseradish dip. The main menu is more restauranty and there are also separate menus for kids and Sunday lunch. It’s all very well thought through and hearty.
It’s great that I’ll be able to take my kids to jump off the bridge next summer and watch over them with a decent pint and a plate of grub.
• Crown & Anchor, Week Road, Tickton HU17 9RY. 01964 501854, crownandanchorbeverley.co.uk
DRINKS SELECTION 4/5